- Mike Krumboltz at Games Blog1 hr ago
Sure, the Internet has its problems. But it also has Smooth McGroove and his a cappella version of the Tetris theme song.
Mr. McGroove (probably not his real name, but hats off to him if it is) posted a video of himself (actually eight different versions of himself) performing “Theme B” from the 1980s game classic. We never noticed before, but Theme B sounds a bit like “Carol of the Bells.”
The video looks a bit like the “Brady Bunch” intro, with the eight different McGrooves surrounding the center square. In this case, Alice the lovable maid has been replaced by a GameBoy-esque Tetris screen.
McGroove has posted similar videos before and each has garnered a slew of comments on YouTube. His version of Guile's theme from Street Fighter 2 racked up an astounding 4.5 million views.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In1 day ago
Christopher Evan Welch and Danny Wells, two television actors who made significant marks on the video game world, have both passed away.
The losses are a blow to fans of kitschy gaming tie-ins. Welch was the original voice actor for Miles "Tails" Prower in the "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" animated TV series. Wells portrayed Luigi on "The Super Mario Bros. Super Show," another Saturday morning staple.
Welch, 48, died in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer. His role as Tails was his first professional credit, though he later went on to guest star on shows such as "The Sopranos," "The Good Wife", "Rubicon," and "Law & Order: SVU." Additionally, he appeared in films including Steven Spielberg's “War of the Worlds” and “Lincoln.”
The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which first aired in September 1993, starred Sonic (voiced by Jaleel "Urkel" White) and Tails in a neverending quest to thwart the evil Dr. Robotnik. It lasted three seasons before it was cancelled. Welch appeared in all 65 episodes of the show.
- Plugged In1 day ago
The 1980 comedy classic "The Blues Brothers" features a slew of car chases, each more outrageous than the last. Relatively early in the film, Jake and Elwood Blues attempt to lose their police pursuers by driving through a shopping mall. The scene features over-the-top destruction and deadpan dialogue by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.
"Pier One Imports," says Aykroyd, as if he's making a note to shop there once the heat's off.
Unquestionably, it's a great scene in a movie full of them. Turns out, it's just as amazing with Lego bricks. Duncan McConchie, the mad genius at Bricktease, created a shot-for-shot redux of the famous scene done entirely with Legos. He nails the details. The windows smash, the cars spin and overturn, the shoppers flee and scream, and, of course, the Blues Brothers escape to continue their mission from God.
McConchie posted a side-by-side comparison of the chase scene so viewers can see the differences. And really, there aren't too many. This is a labor of love, and it shows.
Curious about how the clip was made? There's even an 11-minute making-of video.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In1 day ago
Planning to have a video-game themed wedding? Then you’ll need an appropriate cake. And while cakes based on Super Mario, Portal and the PS3 are undoubtedly awesome, they’re not actually much fun to play.
New-Jersey-based Posh Entertainment, however, has upped the wedding cake game by projecting a variety of playable games directly onto the multi-tiered treat. In other words, you're playing video games on a cake:
That’s a fully edible cake there, people, on which you can play Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Ice Climber, Pac Man, Sonic the Hedgehog and Candy Crush Saga.
The cake itself was made by catering company Meals For Reals, while the projection mapping -- the real key to getting this cake console working -- was handled by both Posh and Invader Visuals. The only problem? When you eat the cake, it's game over. So never eat this cake.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In1 day ago
Your Xbox One is listening. And it’s kind of a prude.
Youtube user FrankP found this out the hard way during a game of NBA 2K14 on the Xbox One. Thanks to the system’s all-seeing, all-hearing Kinect camera, Frank’s use of the F-bomb resulted in what might be the creepiest, most intrusive penalty in the history of video game sports: Warning: lots of adult language (after all, that’s sort of the point):
What Frank didn’t realize is that the Kinect camera, an intrinsic part of the Xbox One hardware ecosystem, is always paying attention unless you specifically tell it to stop listening. Which you might want to do when you play NBA 2K14.
However, the foul-language foul isn’t entirely new to the franchise. Last year’s NBA 2K13 included it as well, though it only cropped up if you happened to have the Xbox 360’s decidedly less awesome Kinect up and running. It also rears its head in FIFA 14, reprimanding one Xbox One user for lobbing obscenities during his soccer career.
- Chris Morris at Games Blog2 days ago
The PlayStation 4 has crossed another milestone.
According to Sony, the system has sold through 2.1 million units just two weeks after hitting shelves, a record-setting worldwide mark for the PlayStation brand. That follows the launch of the next-generation console in Europe, Australasia (Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and other neighboring islands) and Latin America.
Europe and the Oceania region alone were responsible for 700,000 units, according to Sony.
"PS4 delivered the best launch in PlayStation history with the North American release and we've continued this incredibly successful start in Europe, Australasia and Latin America," said Andrew House, president and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We are extremely grateful for the passion of PlayStation fans and thank them for their continued support."
- Chris Morris at Games Blog3 days ago
The Xbox One seems to have won the first round of the latest console war.
A survey of early shoppers found that Microsoft's next-generation console was the system of choice this Black Friday, soundly beating Sony's PlayStation 4.
The study, from retail market research firm InfoScout, found that Xbox One buying made up 31 percent of the console buying on the frenzied shopping day. The PS4 came in tied for third place, with just 15 percent market share -- the same number as the PlayStation 3. The Xbox 360 took second place, making up 30 percent of the market.
The survey was particularly distressing for Nintendo, with the Wii U only taking 6 percent market share.
The numbers, of course, are very early and will likely change before the end of the holiday season. And console wars are never won in the first year or two. EA's Peter Moore has characterized this period as one where the industry is "just putting our shoes on to get to the start line of a long distance race."
- Chris Morris at Games Blog7 days ago
Perhaps realizing that a strip show and impromptu call-in program were just the tip of the iceberg, Twitch has decided to no longer allow PlayStation 4 owners to stream videos from the built-in game, The Playroom.
The innocuous free game that comes installed with every PlayStation 4 has been a haven for inappropriate content on the live streaming site in the early days of the console. Twitch decided to cut its losses quickly.
"We removed Playroom content from the directory because a majority of it was non-gaming related," the company told Polygon. "We will look into adding it back as PS4 owners become more familiar with the games-only focus of Twitch content. In the meantime, you can view all of the amazing gameplay from PS4 broadcasters in this directory page on Twitch."
- Chris Morris at Games Blog8 days ago
Black Friday is no longer just a one day event. Many retailers open Thursday night, while other are already offering Black Friday deals now. And don't even get us started on the run up to Cyber Monday...
One thing is consistent, though: If you're looking to buy a video game (for yourself or someone else), you're bound to find a stellar deal.
As shoppers gear up for the buying frenzy, there's another factor to consider. While you're never certain on a day-to-day basis whether your favorite retailer might have an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in stock, it's a certainty they'll have a few on hand on Black Friday -- and, if you're willing to brave the crowds (and have luck on your side), it can be your best chance to get one.
As for discounts on those systems? Not even Santa can pull that off. But you can find plenty of other bargains out there:
- Chris Morris at Games Blog9 days ago
It's as unavoidable as cat gifs: Put a microphone in front of a large group of people and someone's going to spew obscenities. Put a camera in front of that group and someone's gonna strip.
But if you do so on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, be ready to face the consequences.
Twitch, Sony's live streaming partner for the PS4, has banned a handful of users for streaming inappropriate content. Among the offenders is a couple who exposed themselves while streaming a play session of the built-in PS4 game The Playroom.
Another banned user got the boot not for showing body parts, but for hosting an impromptu call-in show to auction off their PS3. Among the callers? Adam Boyes, head of publisher relations for Sony.
Members of the NeoGaf forum report having seen others PS4 users brandish guns and perform sex acts during live streams.
And that’s not okay with Twitch.